[amsat-bb] SO-50 Yesterday at 1738Z

James Lea - WX4TV james at wx4tv.com
Tue Aug 25 01:23:02 UTC 2015

She used to use a tripod and will probably use it again in the future.  This worked very well, but she wanted to try another way.  I believe that kids learn by making mistakes.  Trying to hand hold the antenna and radios is a mistake!  She will learn.

The big issue with writing call signs for her is that she is still learning to write.  Remember, she is a very young kid.  As her writing improves, she will be able to do the paper method.  All in time.

Thanks and 73,


> On Aug 24, 2015, at 8:55 PM, Scott Richardson <scott.xot at gmail.com> wrote:
>> wasn’t able to write down the callsign while holding two radios and an antenna.
> When I started out, it took me only one or two passes to realize I needed a tripod. I know I'm not the only one to have cobbled together a frame that mounts on a tripod and holds the antenna, two radios, a timepiece, and operating aids. Seven years later, this system is still working great.
> Call me old fashioned, but a pad and pencil are indispensable for my operations. I usually note several callsigns and grid squares before making any calls, and if someone not on my list calls me, I'm quick to write their call down. This method requires no extra wires and no batteries, while creating a record that's easy to reference both during and after the pass. It's a rare occasion that I want to listen to an SO-50 pass again after getting through it "live."
> 73, Scott N1AIA
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